Connie L. Schmett Honored for Accomplishments in Public Affairs

Ms. Schmett’s company, Schmett & Associates, centers on government relations

CLIVE, IOWA, November 26, 2013, Connie Schmett, President of Schmett & Associates, has been recognized by Worldwide Branding for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in her work.

Schmett & Associates is a government relations company that provides fundraising, grass roots, grass tops, lobbying, media services, town hall meetings, round table discussions, interaction with presidential candidates and project management.

Ms. Schmett has been in her current role for 12 years and has become an expert in any type of government relations. Her duties are running the staff, which is contracted out, and doing advanced work for meetings and presidential candidates. She is working with international or national people and maintaining a good reputation. In five years, she would love to write a book, specifically for children, or maybe a book about her genealogy, as she has family dating back to the Mayflower and Jamestown, Va.

She started a small business from nothing, and growing it to 30 employees and then selling it was a great accomplishment. Then she started Schmett & Associates, and being able to make a difference in people’s lives is rewarding. “In this business, you don’t touch the person as much as you touch the groups, such as the health care, the veterans, the elderly, the farmers, the small businesses,” she said.

She considers her greatest success being a mother, raising her children and being a grandmother. She is also proud of being a daughter and taking care of her parents. Her family is the most important thing to her, leaving her footprint on someone’s heart and in their life.

Ms. Schmett attributes her success to her outgoing nature, networking abilities, honesty and ability to make sure she keeps in contact with others. She became involved in her profession because she was a stay-at-home mom who later became a single mother. She needed a job that engaged in various tasks, and then went to a political organization. She was elected as the only woman to do a duty; since she was the only woman there, she was called by the governor’s office and worked with him on his staff for about eight years. She loved working with legislation and loves helping others make a difference. There are a lot of people in Iowa, and they work a lot on agriculture, health care issues, insurance and federal issues that affect the state.

She studied marketing at Iowa State University and Native American history and psychology at Northwestern University. She was recently inducted into Worldwide Branding and also maintains affiliations with as a member on the board of directors of Living History Farms; the board of trustees, Culture Affairs Trust; Des Moines Art Center; Des Moines Civic Center; president, board of directors, Mentor Iowa, Mentor Iowa Living History Farms; and a board member of the Iowa Health Facilities Council. She was appointed by President Bush to the John F. Kennedy Center Performing Arts Board of Directors and the Polk County Republican Woman of the Year. She is a graduate of Leadership Iowa. She is a volunteer of political work, working with children and her local church. Her hobbies are gardening, arranging flowers for weddings, painting both portraits and landscapes, writing, acting classes, and commercials.

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